Category: Illinois

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Full Kit Gear to stay open in Chicago

CHICAGO — Full Kit Gear, one of Chicago’s three leather stores, said Friday that they will remain open after the Man’s Country bathhouse closes. Full Kit has had a storefront in the building in the city’s Andersonville neighborhood since it’s opening in 2015. The bathhouse will be closing after a final part on Dec. 31,…

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: The gifts that we get from doing power exchange

CHICAGO — For our December Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable, we’ll be talking about “the gifts that we get from doing power exchange”. We’ll be at the Leather Archives & Museum (6418 N Greenview, Chicago IL) on Saturday, December 16th. Group discussion starts at 3:00pm & is free to attend. Our roundtable ends at 5:00pm. Afterwards,…

LA&M announces opportunities to meet executive director finalists

CHICAGO — The three finalists for Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) executive director position will be making site visits and participating in various focus groups and meetings this upcoming weekend.

Jeffrey Storer, experienced Director of Operations will be on site December 1, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director will be on site December 2, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant will be on site December 3.

BLUF Chicago celebrates 20 years of BLUF Club International at Touché

CHICAGO —  The breeches and leather uniform fan club of Chicago celebrated BLUF club’s 20 year anniversary on Saturday November 18, 2017.

The anniversary marked a milestone for the international community of men who are into leather uniforms. BLUF started as an internet club in October 1997 in Montreal, Canada by Leon with a few friends. Today the club is based in London, England with Nigel as its webmaster with almost 4000 members. BLUF has regular events in 16 cities and has won a Pantheon of Leather award in 2008. Members adhere to a strict dress code to join and to attend member only events. Membership is free and events are organized by volunteers.

Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director finalists announced

CHICAGO — Three leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish veterans have been selected as finalists for Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) executive director effective next year.

Jeffrey Storer, experienced director of operations, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant, have been chosen from a highly qualified field of candidates. Storer, Wasdin, and Swindell were chosen from a field of 66 candidates and five semi-finalists.

Court Support for Trans Lifeline Cofounder Nina Chaubal

CHICAGO — Last December, Nina Chaubal was returning home after a very long fundraising trip for Trans Lifeline , when she was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not being able to immediately provide her marriage certificate to authorities when they questioned her citizenship at a random checkpoint in Arizona. As a result,…

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task force

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…